Thank you, Sen. Olympia Snowe, for pointing out what Mitt Romney needs to do to win over women for the Republican ticket in November: just disassociate himself from the language on abortion contained in the GOP platform. And pretend that when Rep. Todd Akin said women cant get pregnant from legitimate rape he was just some nut spouting crazy talk, and was not in fact exposing the philosophical underpinnings of todays Republican Party (How the GOP can mend image among women, Aug. 26).
She left out one additional disassociation requirement: Romney needs to disassociate himself from his own running mate, Rep. Akins good friend, Paul Ryan. They co-sponsored the bill that tried to deny abortions except for victims of forcible (i.e. legitimate) rape.
This is not where I hoped my party would be in 2012, writes Sen. Snowe. Thats why shes leaving office. But as shes leaving, she wants women to take a flyer on a Republican party that exists only in her hopeful imagination.
Women can save themselves the effort of Sen. Snowes painful contortions by disassociating ourselves from a party dedicated to taking away our basic rights.